When: Monday, May 13th, 2019
6:30 for Pre-Meeting Activities
7:00 for Meeting

Where:Trinity Episcopal Cathedral | 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Calligraphy and Drawing: A Synergistic Relationship

The Greek word “graphein” means both “to write and “to draw.” As calligraphers, we can enhance our visual perceptions by looking at the basic elements of drawing, such as contour, gesture, value and perspective. Using letterforms as our subject, we can practice these essential drawing skills. I will describe and show examples of a series of exercises designed to increase our ability to “see” as well as to improve technical and compositional skills. Together,we’ll expand our creative horizons.


Inga Dubay’s work encompasses calligraphy, painting, drawing and printmaking. A Painting and Drawing major at Mills College and the University of Oregon with graduate study for two years at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, she did further study at the University of Oregon, UC Berkeley, and the Oregon College of Art & Craft, where she taught for twenty-five years. She designed and taught for over ten years a Drawing, Watercolor & Calligraphy course to introduce drawing skills through letterforms to calligraphers. She is coauthor of Write Now: The Getty-Dubay Program for Handwiring Success, italic letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting, Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series and author of Getty-Dubay Italic Calligraphy: for School & Home. Dubay and Getty have presented over 170 handwriting seminars for medical professionals and numerous workshops for the public.